Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Backstage Action

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Hair by Bedhead by TIGI


Lakme fashion week is always considered the front runner when it comes to playing the fashion games in India. With an array of talented Gen Next designers displaying their latest spin on fashion along with some well established names putting their best foot forward as their A-list front row cheers on, this is definitely a time awaited by many. For me however, its not just about the fashion but also the hair, the make up & the accessories, as these three elements play a major catalyst in transforming the models from one look to another. 

I was invited by Bedhead by TIGI to go backstage on Day 2 of the fashion week to get a closer look at the hairstyles being created for the various shows. Walking into that room full of nervous frenzy and excitement is always such a thrilling experience. As I silently observed the hairstylists, curl and spray to create some exemplary looks to suit the designer's tastes and ideation, I definitely spotted some prominent trends that seemed to be a constant. 

The very first show required them to create a messy yet chic, low ponytail. After a couple of spritz of the Queen for a Day, the hair was casually pulled back at the nape of the neck to create the basis of the look. Using a one inch portion of the hair, the ponytail was tied in to place and a few strands were pulled out from the front to achieve that messy vibe. All of it was then sprayed into place using the Masterpiece hairspray.

The next set of looks which were created for designer Kallol Datta's show, called for neater looks but with a heavy doze of texture! There were three main looks that the hairstylists were creating & the base for all of them was of course, a few spritz of the Superstar spray for that much needed volume. Then the hair was curled to create more texture and while some models had a gorgeous textured low bun look, some others had a short textured bob look while the other's donned a high textured ponytail with a slightly lifted crown. To keep the looks intact, the hair was sprayed with Hard Head hairspray.

The last and final look was created for the Sanjay Garg show. Known for creating the perfect cocktail by his use of classic weaves mixed with modern silhouettes, the hair and makeup could speak no different. The hair was straightened into place for that sleek look and pulled back into a ponytail. 1/4th of the hair was then pulled out to create a unique, high fashion look. However the star of this look was the generously applied Hard Head gel for that surreal shine!

All in all it was an inspirational day and I cannot wait to recreate that high ponytail look from the Kallol Datta show! As for the hair trends, lots of texture, minimal fuss and carefree looks is definitely the way to go this season. Thank you Bedhead by TIGI for giving me this lovely opportunity & I can't wait to see what the next season will unfold.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

A new take on LYF

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Anything that promises me faster internet, I'm on it! With everything so real-time in this digital age, as a blogger, it becomes all the more important for me to be constantly be updated on whats on going. That may have also been the premise of experimenting with the new LYF Wind 3 Smartphones along with Reliance Jio network too. A few weeks ago, a friend mentioned the LYF Smartphone+ VoLTE handsets & the Reliance Jio preview offer. I decided to give it a go as it promised me faster downloads & uploads, high resolution images, a sleek handset & of course a chance to give you guys my opinion on it. The idea behind the network promises to shape the future of India by providing end-to-end digital solutions for businesses, households, institutions, seamlessly bridging the rural-urban divide. How far this turns out to be true one will have to wait & watch but for now here's my take on it!

I tried out the LYF Wind 3 handset under the Jio preview offer in which the network offers you free HD video calls, voice calls, high speed data & sms's for a period of 90days! The idea behind the network is to make sure that broadband & digital service are no longer luxury items. The device came with various preinstalled apps like Jio Play through which you could browse various TV channels or Jio on Demand which is a one stop platform for movies, TV shows, music videos across languages & genres. My favourite is definitely the Jio Beats music app which offers you millions of HD songs in over 20 different languages! I was quite impressed by the Wind 3 handset, it's design & how lightweight it is despite it's 5.50 inch touchscreen! With a 8 megapixel rear camera & a 2 megapixel front camera, coupled with 16 GB storage, this phone is a shutterbugs delight. All in all it looks extremely promising and it would be interesting to see how it all works out once the network is officially launched.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Pleats

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Dress- Amazon.in, Pumps- Saint Laurent | Location- The Sassy Spoon


I love shopping online not only because I get a chance to look at multiple collections, in the middle of the night while I lounge in my PJ's but because almost always, I end up getting better deals too! However, I often meet people who find this entire process rather overwhelming and 10 minutes into logging in, they are already ready to flee. I won't lie, at a point in my life, I've been there too. But I've added a few rules to my rule book when it comes to shopping online which in turn made my shopping experience rather gratifying and so, I'm gladly listing them down for you! 

i) Categorize
Most of us tend to resort to online shopping on an impulse. Personally, If I'm shopping out of need, I would log into Amazon.in, search the for category I'm looking, find the product and express checkout! However, sometimes I am just looking to satiate that shopping bug inside me and that's when the endless hours of browsing begin. If you want to avoid falling into the black hole of browsing, decide on a category and look with in. For example, when I ordered this yellow pleated maxi dress, I was specifically wanting to buy a maxi dress and that's the category I started looking into. Even though Amazon Fashion has over 6000 brands, its super easy to shop on as they've divided the products into various categories & curated stores!

ii) Brands
This is yet another route that would make your online shopping experience more fruitful. If you're looking for or are fond of a particular brand, log onto Amazon.in and search for the brand you're looking for. This would bring up all the items available in that brand category and you could even set the price setting as per your requirement! Some of my favourite brands to shop from are Nike, GAS, Tommy Hilfiger, United Colours of Benetton, Chemistry, Veromoda, Biba, etc. Not only do I find it easier to find my size here, I also end up getting a great deal due to on going discounts. And if you're not sure about your size, they have a size guide curated by their team that instantly comes to your aide.

iii) Trends & Seasons
If you're like me and love getting a regular dose of trendy products, shopping online gives you the opportunity to quickly get hold of these pieces with out much ponder. And although I find it vital to upgrade by wardrobe with some trendy pieces every now and then, I also make sure to stock up on the seasonal basics! So a maxi dress in a bright hue for summer, a fitted blazer for the cooler months and lots of skirts for the monsoon are a must buy and I can find them all on Amazon Fashion.

I think if you follow these three golden rules, you could easily over come the monster that you think online shopping is! It's much easier than you think and let me tell you now, it can be quite addictive too. I hope you guys enjoyed this look and will apply these rules while indulging in some e-retail therapy next time!


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Powder Pink Pop

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Jacket- Veromoda, Dress- Veromoda, Pumps- Saint Laurent| Location- The Sassy Spoon


Pretty much every store I've stepped into recently, be it a global high street chain or the local multi-designer stores, powder pink has managed to take over at least one half of these spaces. And one shirt at a time, this hue has managed to grow on me too. So when I spotted this faux leather jacket at Veromoda, I may have done a somersault in my head while walking towards the rack to grab one in my size! I've seen so many girls rock a similar cropped jacket on Instagram with a pair of skinny blue jeans & a white tee and although I love that look, I was determined to style it differently. Even though leather jackets add that edginess to a look, the colour of this one made it more feminine & gave me the chance to pair it with something more edgier. This black flowy dress is definitely a one of kind piece. The metallic detail & cutouts in the front add such a unique look to the classic Little Black Dress. A perfect night out or date night dress, this one made me want to go sans any jewellery! Just a little hint on pink with the gorgeous leather jacket & a mauve hue on the lips, definitely did the trick. 


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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Indian Twist

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Outfits- MissaMore, Location- The D'Decor Store, Mumbai

Most of my Rakhi outfits so far have always been a result of rummaging in my closet for 15 minutes and putting together an outfit by mixing a traditional piece with a more modern silhouette. But this year MissaMore has me sorted. They recently came out with capsule collection for the festivities and these are some of my favourite looks. If you're the kinds who loves to dress up on Rakhi, go for this parrot green, cold shoulder top and pair with your cream palazzo pants and some opulent jewellery. If you're the more relaxed kinds, go for the printed slit top with pastel green pants or this gold maxi top paired with your favourite denims! I also love this cropped top paired the two toned palazzo look. There's definitely something for everyone. So if you're looking for a last minute outfit, order now and don't forget to show me how you style it for Rakhi or otherwise on Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

White lace & The Drew

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Dress- Amazon.in, Sandals- Zebba, Bag- Chloe, Sunglasses- Forever21| Location- Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai


When I'm dreaming of a Holiday on the gorgeous beaches of Spain but see no way to escape in the near future, I attempt to suffice that need by dressing up like I would on a day out in say, Barcelona! This gorgeous white lace dress is dreamy & fits almost any and every scenario. It's white which is perfect for summer, it's off shoulder which is probably the biggest trend this year and it's lace so it's as feminine as it can get! I would wear this with tie up sandals accentuated with colourful pom poms, paired with a bright cross body bag for a day of shopping and being touristy & quickly change the look up for a dinner or night out with a pair of nude pumps, some statements gold earrings or a statement choker, a gold clutch & red lips! You can find so many varied options which are similar to what I'm wearing from brands like Aeropostale, Veromoda, Carlton London, Steve Madden, Accessorise, Rayban, Caprese and many more on Amazon.in.

When I plan my wardrobe for a holiday, I try to pick pieces that are versatile enough to go from day to night and can easily be worn in multiple different ways by just changing the accessories. I also love shopping from places like Amazon as it not only gives me a million different options from so many high street as well as kitsch brands but also offers these items at jaw dropping prices. They also segregate and organise the garments into various occasion based or brand based categories which makes the online shopping process a lot more serene. I am due to take a break later this year and the anxious mind that I am, I've already started filling up suitcase up with some bright jumpsuits, gorgeous maxi dress for the beach & this quirky dress for that kitsch feel. Are you guys headed somewhere? Comment here on my Instagram and help me pick a destination for my holiday later this year!


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